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Table 2 Differences between patients who have and have not compared hospitals regarding factors influencing hospital choice

From: Is the impact of hospital performance data greater in patients who have compared hospitals?

   Patients who have compared hospitals (n = 71) Patients who have not compared hospitals
(n = 266)
Test of difference  
     X2 p
Did you deliberately choose for this hospital? Yes 67 (94.4) 198 (74.4) 13.25 < 0.001
What issues have played a role in your choice? Own previous experience 34 (47.9) 115 (43.2) 0.49 0.48
  Experience of people from my environment 22 (31.0) 35 (13.2) 12.68 < 0.001
  Advice from the general practitioner 21 (29.6) 94 (35.3) 0.83 0.36
  Public information in the media 9 (12.7) 4 (1.5) 18.86 < 0.001
  None 0 (0.0) 3 (1.1) 0.81 1.00
Patients have the right to choose their own hospital.
Did you know that you can choose in which hospital you want to be treated?
Yes 70 (98.6%) 250 (94.0%) 2.48 0.14
Are you aware of information on hospitals, which you can use to compare hospitals? Yes 36 (50.7%) 162 (60.9%) 0.41 0.12
   If Yes: Do you know were you can find this information?    Yes 28 (77.8%) 110 (67.9%) 1.36 0.24
Did you look up information on more than one hospital? No, I did not look up information 32 (45.1) 195 (73.3)   
  No, I only looked up for information regarding the hospital I visited 12 (16.9) 36 (13.5) 28.58 < 0.001
  Yes, I looked up information regarding other hospitals, I compared the hospitals and then made a choice 13 (18.3) 11 (4.1)   
  Other 14 (19.7) 24 (9.0)   
  1. Significant differences are presented in bold. Multiple answers were possible in some questions.